Cardinals Can't Hold Off Undefeated Amherst as Lord Jeffs Roll to 13th Straight, 37-10
Hosting Amherst during Homecoming/Family Weekend activities Sat., Oct. 23, Wesleyan could not prevent the visitor from gaining its eighth consecutive win over the Cardinals and its 13th in a row overall, combining its 8-0 mark in 2009 with a 5-0 record in 2010. Amherst came into the contest ranked #1 in New England Division III.
Wesleyan was in the game, trailing 7-3, early in the second quarter when Seb Aguirre '14 kicked his first career field goal, a 22-yarder at the 12:07 mark. But Amherst started to pull away with a pair of second-quarter passing scores to hold a 21-3 lead at halftime and never let up in the third period, adding 10 points for a 31-3 margin, then stopped its 30-point scoring run with a final fourth-period TD and a 37-3 lead. The opening four TDs all came through the air for the Lord Jeffs.
Shea Dwyer '10 came to life in the Cardinals' last series, a 70-yard TD march during which Dwyer, who came into the contest leading the nation in rushing yards per game with 189, rushed nine times for 41 yards, including the final one-yard plunge for the TD with :51 to go. Dwyer also caught three passes for 27 yards during the series. He ended the game with six catches, joined by Kyle Weiss '12 who had the same number. Dwyer collected 95 yards on the ground from 25 attempts, giving him 851 for the season. He stands just 20 yard shy of the Wesleyan seasonal mark for rushing yards (871) with three games remaining.
The next outing for the squad comes up Sat., Oct. 30 when the Cardinals, now 3-2, host the 1-4 Bowdoin Polar Bears, giving Dwyer a chance to set the school record in front of the home fans. The game will offer a webcast and hopefully Livestats. The webcast can be viewed by clicking < here >. If we are able to get Livestats functioning, they can be seen < here >.
On other positive notes, Wesleyan QB Matt Coyne '12 (#7, left side photo) completed 16 of 27 passes for 130 yards. He also had 28 rushing yards. Defensively, while the Cardinals yielded 465 yards, Jordan Greene '12 (#24, right side photo) led all tacklers with 12 in the contest while Brett Bandazian '12 (#56, right side photo) was right behind with 11.